With the active season approaching injury prevention should be on everyone’s mind. Many lower extremity conditions can develop through training, competition and overuse. Some common lower extremity conditions that plague the weekend warrior and even the avid runner are shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band syn-drome, and various bursitis’.
These conditions commonly share biomechanical dys-functions: weak foot intrinsic muscles, ankle instability, overactive calves, and weak glutes are just a few.
Shin Splints, also known as medial tibial stress syn-drome, result from too much force being placed on the shin and connective tissues that attach the muscles to the bone. Symptoms are pain and tenderness along the inside of the shin during activity and at first generally calms down after exercise. In chronic or long-standing cases, pain may persist after the activity. Risk-factors for shin splints are tight calves, unstable ankles, weak anterior tibialis and having flat feet. Running on hard surfaces and partici-pating in activities with sud-den starts and stops may increase your risk for developing shin splints.
Treatments for shin splints consist of stretching, Active Release and/or Graston, and functional rehabilitation of the feet, ankles and leg muscles. One can prevent this leg pain by choosing the correct shoe wear for their feet, cross training and varying their running surface.Tags: shins